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What do LSE Geography & Environment graduates do?

In 2011/12, 90.2% of undergraduate leavers and 91.3% of postgraduate leavers from the Department of Geography and Environment were in employment, completing further study or taking time out just six months after graduation.

Geography and Environment graduates were employed in a range of careers including:

  • consultancy
  • architecture
  • environmental protection
  • environmental consultancies
  • local and national government
  • education
  • voluntary organisations

Many leavers continued their academic study to postgraduate level, specialising in areas of environmental policy, urbanisation and economic development, with a significant proportion opting to continue their studies at LSE.

The average starting salary of graduates from the Geography & Environment department in 2011/12 was £24,400 for undergraduates, and £30,400 for postgraduates.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Geography & Environment degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course|.

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.

  • Laura Bunting-Hudson - Lecturer/PhD Student at Bronx Community College/Columbia University
  • Leandro Galli - ESRC funded PhD student in Marketing and Psychology at the University of Warwick; Research Fellow for the Behavioural Insights Team at the  Cabinet Office
  • Affan Mohamed Kolandaiveedu - Strategic Development Manager for Sims Recycling Solutions
  • Preeya Sud - Assistant Brand Manager at Proctor & Gamble

Employability skills

Graduates from the Department of Geography and Environment are equipped with a portfolio of skills which employers in all sectors look for. These include general skills such as being well organised and having effective communication skills alongside course specific skills. The department produces highly trained geographers, skilled in economic, social and environmental geography.

Specific skills gained from studying within the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE include:

  • the ability to understand and manipulate statistical data and make decisions based on that data
  • the ability to absorb and evaluate both qualitative and quantitative information
  • advanced critical thinking skills, i.e.being able to critically examine information before accepting it
  • knowledge and understanding of using methods of social and spatial analysis and research techniques which form the foundation for final year independent work
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